Chic Picks: Travel Essentials for my Taiwan Trip

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Photography by: Kristin Hashimoto

Flasks: Flasking, Jewelry: Rocksbox, Notepad: Cavallini

Purse: Marc Jacobs, Wallet: Tory Burch, Top: Zara, Bottoms: Joe’s Jeans Else, Flats: Cole Haan

About a year ago, I spent a month exploring Thailand – it was an amazing experience that I still dream about today.  Since then, I’ve had the travel bug and have been itching for another adventure.  Luckily for me, time has been flying – especially with work and all – and this week has finally come!  In a few days, I’ll be in Taiwan for the first time, exploring Taipei, eating lamb skewers and drinking Boba.  In preparation for my trip, I’ve been doing a bit of planning and also packing.  I’m usually a heavy packer, but for this trip, since we’ll be hopping from city to city, I’ve decided to pack just the essentials.  Here, I’ve featured my Day 1 outfit: a basic crop with white jeans and my most comfortable flats by Cole Haan.  I’ll also be bringing along my handy dandy leather backpack by Marc Jacobs to hold a Cavallini travel notepad, my prescription sunglasses (cuz I’m an old lady), my favorite Tory Burch wallet, and my super stylish flasks by Flasking (yes – this is very essential), amongst other things.  The backpack is great because I’ll be able to carry my goodies and have free hands for eating food at the night markets.  =) Anyhoo, enough about me – let me know about your upcoming travels/cool trips in the comment box below.  Would love to hear!  Thanks for reading. =)

**Huge thanks to Flasking for these beautiful flasks – I’m beyond excited to use them on my trip.  They’re intricately designed, super portable and surprisingly suit well as a fashion accessory for a night-out.  When you have a chance check out Flasking and their unique and limited-edition flasks, handcrafted by artists.  A couple more of my favorites are here and here.  =)

OOTD: GAP “Make Love” Remake

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Photography by Lisha Wang

MUA by Stephanie Dong

Model: Raymond Chou

Top: J.Crew, Bottom: Joe’s Jeans, Pumps: Nine West

Decided to change things up a bit and collaborate with some really awesome people for an in studio shoot!  This shoot was  inspired by the GAP “Make Love” campaign.  We wanted to keep a similar clean and classic look and feel.  At first I was a little nervous, but it ended up being a blast.  Can’t wait to do more shoots like this!

OOTD: Stripes & Eyelets

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Photography by Michael Trinh

Top: J.Crew, Skirt: Banana Republic, Shoes: Forever 21, Bag: J.Crew, Rings: Pandora & thanks Rocksbox!

Keeping it casual at work.  Love this crinkly J.Crew button-up – could totally pair it w white jeans, pumps and a statement necklace.  Instead, I chose to wear it with one of my fave eyelet skirts, which I bought from Banana Republic Outlets on my way back to the Bay.  Added a pop of color with orangey-red clutch.

OOTD: Vanilla Honey Tea Latte

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Photography by Douglas Clarke

Jacket: Bar III, Belt: Banana Republic, Skirt: Banana Republic, Heels: Nine West, Earrings & Rings: Thanks RocksBox!

Spent the day exploring downtown Oakland for the first time – it was a mixture of a lot of old and a lot of new.  Stopped by a cute cafe called Tierra Mia – definitely going back again – had such a cool vibe and their Vanilla Honey Tea Latte was so delish.  Decided to sport one of my favorite jackets with today’s outfit – the details, the shape and color all make it so versatile.  I pair it w ripped jeans on casual days, and sometimes wear it a lacy dress to add a little edge.  Here, I went for a more classy look.

OOTD: Prélude’s Organic Cotton Nuisette by Day

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Photography by Douglas Clarke

Dress: Prelude Nuisette (nightgown), Vest: Urban Outfitters, Headband: Urban Outfitters, Heels: Steve Madden, Rings: Pandora, Purse: Brahmin

Prélude’s Nuisette is truly a wardrobe essential for all women.  Not only is it versatile for day- and night-wear, but also, its simple design is very form flattering and can easily be styled into several cute looks.  Also, thanks to the use of GOTS certified cotton that’s almost twice as thick as typical sleepwear, the cotton is durable, and will become softer with every wash (hallelujah!).

Most importantly, though, Prélude’s Nuisette is made of 100% organic cotton (made in USA).  This means that the cotton is grown in a way that uses methods and materials that lessen the impact on our environment.  Organic cotton production also uses less pesticides, insecticides, Genetically Modified Organisms and other toxins that are harmful for the wildlife eco-systems, the farmers and workers and us, the consumers.

Luckily for us, we can change what we wear and choose more sustainable options.  Please take the opportunity to support a pioneer in the organic cotton movement –  See the link below and pre-order Prélude here!

Living Well from Inside Out

kim good 01Since I’ve started working full-time again, I’ve definitely realized a change in my lifestyle.  Instead of waking up and making my daily green smoothie, I’ve been commuting an hour to work.  In place of my home-cooked healthy lunches, I’ve been taking advantage of catered lunches at work – carbs and all.  I used to work out 5-6 days a week and now, I’m trending closer to 2 days a week.  Part of me knows that this is only temporary since I’m still getting settled into a different schedule.  However, this doesn’t mean that I haven’t noticed the effects this change has been on my body, skin and physical and mental health.  Lately, I’ve been feeling fatigue, my skin hasn’t been as good and I haven’t been able to focus as well at work.  Luckily for YOU and me, this weekend POPSUGAR and Simple Skin Care is hosting an event focused on Living Well from Inside Out.  They’ll be promoting yoga, de-stressing exercises, healthy recipes and be giving out free goodies.  How fabulous is that?!

To attend is easy, just check out the details below and click on the link to register.  Feel free to message me with any questions and all comments about the event are welcome!!  Would love to hear feedback.  =)

Passport to Healthy Skin

On behalf of POPSUGAR and Simple Skin Care, you and a guest are invited to POPSUGAR & Simple Skin Care’s: PASSPORT TO HEALTHY SKIN TOUR! Event details are as follows:

Date: Saturday, June 28th

Location: Justin Herman Plaza, Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA

Time: 12:00pm-4:00pm

Guests will have the opportunity to partake in various FREE activities that promote healthy living such as yoga sessions, de-stress massages, sampling healthy recipes, testing out Simple’s skin care products AND will leave with a FREE goodie bag of products!

This is going to be a fun, FREE event and we look forward to seeing you there; Visit our RSVP site: http://www.bellasugar.com/Passport-Healthy-Skin—SF-34701058